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POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e Premiere New Single via Billboard, Debut Collaborative Album Out 2/16

posted Dec 10, 2017, 11:22 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 11:23 PM ]


L-R ID: Channy Leaneagh, Marlies van Gangelen, Merle Scheske, André de Ridder, Chris Bierden, Drew Christopherson, Thora Sveinsdóttir, Maaike van der Linde, Alistair Sung, Romain Bly, Ben Ivascu
Credit: Graham Tolbert
Minneapolis-based electronic quintet POLIÇA and European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e recently announced their debut collaborative album entitled Music For The Long Emergency. Following their heart-stopping first track  "How Is This Happening?," (listen on www.npr.org) written the day after Trump's election and released on its one-year anniversary, is their new single "Agree." Produced by POLIÇA’s Ryan Olson at Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin, the melodic "Agree" finds POLIÇA frontwoman Channy Leaneagh's voice -  atypically unfiltered in this track - careening from vulnerable verses to a vibrant and vital refrain atop of s t a r g a z e's lush chamber arrangement.

Listen to "Agree" on www.billboard.com

Leaneagh
tells Billboard about the track:

"In this long emergency of being human without a clue, we fall prey to the loudest, most powerful voices, and romantic love seems old fashioned and usually oppressive. However, we still fall in love again and again. When I got married a second time, I understood I have more philosophy than true conversion; I'm a religious anarchist but I haven't been born again, so to speak.

"But when I see it amongst my smartest, most radical friends and heroes, it's more confusing; they too get married or enter monogamous relationships. It makes no sense when you discuss the historical evidence or just our own experiences with love, but then we don't often act in evidence and learn from the past. That's the place 'Agree' was made from. We don't believe in it but we want it all the same."

Introduced via the Liquid Music project run by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, with the hope of a cross-genre collaboration, POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e first met in Berlin in 2016 in s t a r g a z e conductor André de Ridder's living room. While the collaboration started in the same room, the process continued as an 18-month long "ping pong" match as the bands exchanged ideas and music over email, mp3 files, video conferencing, and the occasional meet-up in Berlin, Minneapolis, and Eau Claire. Both bands were adamant that whatever they created "not just be POLIÇA songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top," as POLIÇA vocalist Channy Leaneagh puts it, and the end result is the most adventurous and forward-thinking music either group has made to date.

Lyrically, this is in many ways an album of tensions — of sorrow and intense joy, of beauty and confusion. "It's about those contradictions in life," Leaneagh says. "How you can be going through tragedy, never-ending wars, but you still also are dealing with human relationships and love and romantic troubles." It is a reflection of the strange and sudden darkening of our times. "Everybody in s t a r g a z e and POLIÇA is a little older. I grew up in a time in America that was before the internet, in a time when the schools in America were the least segregated that they'd ever been. In a time when we had turned towards progress after the era of Jim Crow, and lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. And we're back in that right now in America. And in a lot of places in Europe too. We had our hands on progress and then it flipped. So the songs deal with that, lyrically, and musically they do too — with the idea that we're still human beings and we’re trying to find happiness and the love of our lives, or a career to be happy about, but then we're also trying to find world peace and end racism."

For both bands, this record is "an example of the truly healing effects of making music with your friends," says Leaneagh. “And while it doesn’t necessarily make things better, it builds community.”

Tour dates:

2/15 - North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
2/17 - New York, NY @ Symphony Space at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2/18 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
2/19 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
2/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/22 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
2/23 - Cincinnati, OH @ Contemporary Arts Center
2/27 - London, UK @ Oval Space
3/1 - Rotterdam, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/2 - Amsterdam, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/3 - Eindhoven, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/4 - Enschede, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival

* solo POLIÇA show
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Wanting Announces Headlining North American Tour Dates | New Album 'LLL' Out Now Via Nettwerk

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:35 AM by Vu Nguyen

This February, Vancouver-based, multi-platinum selling artist Wanting will bring her new album 'LLL' ('Love Loss Latitude') on the road in North America. Produced by Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Joss Stone), the full length released via Nettwerk Records last fall. The tour kicks off on February 18th in Eugene, Oregon at HiFi Music Hall and concludes on March 3rd at Toronto's Opera House. A full list of tour dates below.

In 2011, Wanting was signed by Nettwerk Records as the label’s first Chinese Canadian artist who composes in both Mandarin and English. Since then, she has quickly risen in fame as one of most recognized singer-songwriters in Asia. Her debut album 'Everything In The World' hit No. 1 on iTunes in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and sold over a billion downloads in China, achieving multi-platinum status. Wanting was nominated and won prestigious awards (Golden Melody Awards, Global Chinese Music Awards, Hito Music Awards and Chinese Music Awards) in categories such as "Best Producer," "Best Album of The Year," "Song of The Year," "Best New Artist," "Best Music Composer" and "Best Singer-Songwriter of The Year." Ms. Qu teamed up with Tourism Vancouver and became Vancouver’s first Ambassador to China in 2013 and 2014.

Tickets on sale on November 30th at 12am EST via runwaythegreatness.org/wanting

Wanting North American Tour Dates
 
Feb. 18 - Eugene, OR - Jacqua Music Hall
Feb. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan
Feb. 23 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz
Feb. 25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Feb. 27 - Boson, MA - The Middle East
Mar. 1 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Mar. 3 - Toronto, CN - Opera House

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The Prince Estate Launches Hit N Run Online Pop-Up Store

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:46 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

Synonymous with Prince's famous "Hit N Run" releases which dropped without warning or promotion, The Prince Estate has launched a "Hit N Run" online pop-up store (www.PrinceHitNRun.com).  This is the first offering of official and authorized merchandise from The Prince Estate. The collection includes classic pieces highlighting Prince's iconic looks from his debut to the Purple Rain era and more. 
The capsule includes two graphic pieces from UK artist Martin Homent - the first inspired from Purple Rain and the second a silhouette of Prince’s profile cast on the moon - Prince featured the latter graphic as a stage backdrop during his final Piano & A Microphone performances in early 2016.  Notably, Martin’s artwork was also featured on the cover of Prince’s final two albums, HITnRun Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two. For the first time ever, fans outside of the US and Canada will be able to purchase directly from the site. For more information please visit www.PrinceHitNRun.com.

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Hüsker Dü and Numero Group release deluxe box set spanning 1979 - 1983

posted Sep 7, 2017, 6:20 AM by Vu Nguyen

The Numero Group has officially announced the release of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ, a new deluxe box set chronicling the extraordinary early years of Hüsker Dü. SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ is available beginning Friday, November 10th.
 
Available on four LPs or three CDs, SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ compiles 69 tracks - 47 of them previously unreleased - spanning the Saint Paul, MN-based trio's formative 1979 live shows to their milestone early releases via SST Records, including first singles "Statues" b/w "Amusement" (1981) and "In A Free Land" (1982), as well as 1983's full-length debut album, EVERYTHING FALLS APART, and an alternate recording of 1982's seminal live recording, LAND SPEED RECORD. Newly remastered from the original analog demos, board tapes, and session masters, the anthology is accompanied by a hardbound book highlighted by an epic history of Hüsker Dü, penned with full participation from founding members Grant Hart, Greg Norton, and Bob Mould, as well as 40 never-before seen photos, a remarkable collection of rare flyers, and detailed sessionography.
 
In addition, a limited edition bonus 7'' will be available with all Numero Group mail orders while supplies last. EXTRA CIRCUS collects five previously unissued songs recorded during the Christmas 1982 sessions that yielded the following year's landmark METAL CIRCUS. Available exclusively as a vinyl 7'', EXTRA CIRCUS comes packaged in the full color sleeve designed by Grant Hart and intended for the original release of METAL CIRCUS.
 
 The announcement of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ was greeted with wide-ranging media attention, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR Music, which premiered the collection in its entirety via an extensive "First Listen" feature. "It sounds incredible," writes NPR's Michaelangelo Matos, "even the cruddiest source material rings through with maximal volume and clarity...The thrill of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ is hearing three young men figuring out how to turn their dissatisfaction with the world into glorious noise in more-or-less real time."
 
 
Hüsker Dü is of course among the most influential and iconic bands to rise up from the hardcore punk underground, marrying Mould and Hart's glorious songwriting with punishing noise, breakneck tempos, and unstoppable invention to create what remains a truly original vision of American music.
 
"We created this blistering wall of sound," says Bob Mould, "bright white radio static with occasional melody."
 
"It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps," Grant Hart says, "but focusing on blowing people's minds and completely wearing out the audience."
 
"We didn't know what hardcore was," says Greg Norton. "We just got up there and played real fast and loud."
 
For more information, please visit NUMEROGROUP.COM.


 
HÜSKER
SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ
(Numero Group)
Release Date: November 10th, 2017

CD DISC 1
1. Do You Remember?
2. Sore Eyes
3. Can't See You Anymore
4. Picture Of You
5. The Truth Hurts
6. Do The Bee
7. Nuclear Nightmare
8. All I've Got To Lose Is You
9. Chinese Rocks
10. Uncle Ron
11. Data Control
12. Insects Rule The World
13. You're Too Obtuse
14. Outside
15. Sexual Economics
16. What Went Wrong
17. Statues
18. Amusement
19. Writer's Cramp
20. Let's Go Die
21. Walk With The Wounded
22. Industrial Grocery Store
 
CD DISC 2
1. Drug Party
2. Call On Me
3. Termination
4. I'm Tired Of Doing Things
5. Stick It To Me
6. Wheels
7. All Tensed Up
8. Don't Try To Call
9. I'm Not Interested
10. Guns At My School
11. Push The Button
12. Gilligan's Island
13. MTC
14. Don't Have A Life
15. You're Naive
16. Strange Week
17. Big Sky
18. Ultracore
19. Let's Go Die
20. Won't Say A Word
21. Don't Try It
22. Private Hell
23. Diane
24. Sex Dolls
 
CD DISC 3
1. In A Free Land
2. What Do I Want?
3. M.I.C.
4. Target
5. Signals From Above
6. From The Gut
7. Blah, Blah, Blah
8. Punch Drunk
9. Bricklayer
10. Afraid Of Being Wrong
11. Sunshine Superman
12. Signals From Above
13. Everything Falls Apart
14. Wheels
15. Target
16. Obnoxious
17. Gravity
18. Do You Remember?
19. Travel In Opposite Car
20. It's Not Funny Anymore
21. Real World
22. Out On A Limb
23. It's Not Fair
 
EXTRA CIRCUS
1. Heavy Handed
2. You Think I'm Scared
3. Won't Change
4. Is Today The Day?
5. Standing At The Sea

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Liam Gallagher's As You Were out October 6th; North American tour starts November 13

posted Sep 2, 2017, 12:56 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 12:56 PM ]

As the eagerly anticipated October 6th release of his debut solo album As You Were draws near, the iconic Liam Gallagher shares a new live performance of “For What It’s Worth.”

Filmed at AIR Studios in London and backed by his live band and a string section, the live performance finds Liam’s towering vocal soaring skyward on a song that serves up the biggest chorus of the album.

The studio version of the track was produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat and written by Liam with Simon Jons. NME highlighted it in their Best New Tracks feature and commented: Liam goes full Oasis ballad on this emotive powerhouse of a tune. One for festival fields and arenas.” Rolling Stone agreed and stated: “‘For What It's Worth’ bears the hallmarks of a classic Oasis track like ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.”

“I wanted to write an apology,” says Liam. “Not to one person, but to everyone, because I’m no good at saying sorry. That song is a tune.”

With his famous vocal and irrepressible charisma dominating his life-affirming live shows, Liam Gallagher’s comeback is fully capturing the public’s imagination. The three tracks that previewed the album – “Wall Of Glass,” “Chinatown” and “For What It’s Worth” – have already been streamed more than 22 million times. The new songs have made an instant and indelible impact.

Liam wrote or co-wrote every song that is featured on As You Were. In addition to Dan Grech-Marguerat, other key collaborators include Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt. One of the most striking aspects of the album is that all the songs have a purpose. There’s no flab, nothing to cut. They all feel directed at something or someone, setting the record straight and reflecting his lyrical point of view.

The tracklisting for As You Were is:

1. Wall Of Glass
2. Bold
3. Greedy Soul
4. Paper Crown
5. For What It’s Worth
6. When I’m In Need
7. You Better Run
8. I Get By
9. Chinatown
10. Come Back To Me
11. Universal Gleam
12. I've All I Need

 Bonus tracks on deluxe editions of the album:

13. Doesn’t Have To Be That Way
14. All My People / All Mankind
15. I Never Wanna Be Like You

 As You Were is now available to pre-order with ‘Wall Of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’ provided as instant downloads. It will be released on digital (standard and deluxe), CD (standard and deluxe) and vinyl (standard 12” and limited edition coloured 12” formats).

A special boxset is also available. It compiles a coloured 12” vinyl of the album, an exclusive 7” format of “For What It’s Worth,” a print designed by Klaus Voorman (the artist behind The Beatles’ Revolver album cover) and additional collectors’ items.

As previously announced, Liam Gallagher and band will tour North America this fall:             

Nov 13 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Nov 18 Denver, CO Gothic SOLD OUT
Nov 20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nov 21 Chicago, IL The Riviera
Nov 23 Toronto, ON Rebel
Nov 25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Nov 27 New York, NY Terminal 5
Nov 29 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre SOLD OUT
Nov 30 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer SOLD OUT

 Additional information to be revealed soon. Until then visit: liamgallagher.com

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The National Share Video for "Day I Die" + New Album Out Sept 8th

posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:39 PM by Vu Nguyen

The National
shared their latest track "Day I Die" from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast. The video, which was directed by Casey Reas, compresses the frenetic energy of performing with the grind of touring. It's a day in the life of The National. Reas adds, "Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to create the final video.

I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering color layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision."  

Starting Monday, September 4th the band will takeover SiriusXMU. Listen all week for exclusive interviews as they play tracks off their new album. On September 5th, World Cafe and NPR Music will host a First Listen Live performance where the band will perform their new album to a sold out crowd in Philadelphia. The performance can be streamed on NPR.org/music. On Thursday night, the band will perform on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. To celebrate the release of Sleep Well Beast on September 8th, the band will perform their new record in a special, intimate show at Bowery Ballroom exclusively for SiriusXM. The performance will air live at 7:00 pm ET on SiriusXMU, channel 35, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. On September 9th, the band will be featured on CBS This Morning - Saturday.

The National claimed their first #1 at commercial radio on the Triple-A radio chart with "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" and recently shared the track "Carin at the Liquor Store." Both songs, along with the previously released "Guilty Party" are off the band's seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast out next week on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

In September, The National will embark on their nearly sold-out tour. U.S. stops include Forest Hills Stadium in New York on October 6, The Hollywood Bowl on October 11, and Greek Theatre in Berkeley on October 14 with a Sunday matinee on October 15. In advance of the tour The National have played Glastonbury in the second to headlining slot on the mainstage ("Could The National Be Glastonbury's Next Headliners?" said the NME review ), performed two intimate nights in the round at Hudson's Basilica and just played at Haven Festival in Copenhagen. For additional information and pre-sale registration visit www.americanmary.com

 

PRAISE FOR SLEEP WELL BEAST
"The National's upcoming full-length, Sleep Well Beast, is shaping up to be the best album the band has done." - NPR

"The National are having a moment, however unassumingly, at the top of whatever is left of serious rock music." - Magnet

"Sleep Well Beast is a towering achievement." - Under the Radar

"'The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness' blends elements of the National's signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end..." - Rolling Stone

"'Guilty Party' is an instant National classic; a brooding, longing love song of defeat, with a haunting melody that lingers in your head long after the song is over." - WXPN

TRACK LIST:
Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
Turtleneck
Empire Line
I'll Still Destroy You
Guilty Party
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast


WORLD TOUR:
# w/ Daughter
% w/ Local Natives
^ w/ This Is The Kit
* w/ Adia Victoria

9/05/17 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)
9/16/17 - Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour - Cork, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/17/17 - Vicar Street - Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/18/17 - Vicar Street - Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/20/17 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/21/17 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/22/17 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/23/17 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/25/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/26/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/27/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/28/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
10/05/17 - Wang Theatre - Boston, MA * (SOLD OUT)
10/06/17 - Forest Hills Stadium - New York, NY #
10/7/17 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA #
10/8/17 - Masonic Hall - Detroit, MI #
10/11/17 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA % #
10/12/17 - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA #
10/14/17 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA # (SOLD OUT)
10/15/17 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
10/21/17 - Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/23/17 - Tempodrom - Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/24/17 - Tempodrom - Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/25/17 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS (SOLD OUT)
10/26/17 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
10/28/17 - Coliseum - Lisbon, PORTUGAL (SOLD OUT)
10/30/17 - Bozar - Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)
10/31/17 - Bozar - Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)
11/02/17 - Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE
11/04/17 - Annexet - Stockholm, SWEDEN (SOLD OUT)
11/05/17 - Annexet - Stockholm, SWEDEN
11/06/17 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NORWAY (SOLD OUT)
11/07/17 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NORWAY
11/27/17 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR  ^ (SOLD OUT)
11/28/17 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA ^ (SOLD OUT)
11/29/17 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/01/17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver BC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/02/17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver BC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/04/17 - Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/05/17 - The Anthem - Washington,DC ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/07/17 - Metropolis - Montreal QC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/08/17 - Metropolis - Montreal QC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/09/17 - Sony Centre - Toronto ON, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/10/17 - Hamilton Place Theatre - Hamilton ON, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/12/17 - Civic Opera House - Chicago, IL ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/13/17 - Civic Opera House - Chicago, IL ^ (SOLD OUT)
1/20/18 -  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
1/23/18 - Pepsi Center WTC - Mexico City, MX
2/21/18 - Sydney Opera House Forecourt - Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2/25/18 - Villa Maria Winery - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
2/27/18 - Riverstage - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
3/1/18 - Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
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Mad Cool Festival Press Statement

posted Jul 9, 2017, 3:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

We, the festival management, would like to publicly express our absolute grief and desolation regarding the incident that happened at the festival on Friday 7th July while choreographer, dancer and workmate Pedro Aunion was performing. We would like to express our love and support to all his family and friends at this hard and devastating time.

With regard to the festival's response in the aftermath of the incident:

1 - In order to preserve the privacy of Pedro's family, there were no statements made nor was his identity revealed without the family's prior knowledge. We ask that the press respect the privacy of Pedro's family and they are allowed to grieve. We hope that we will be joined in making this a priority.

2 - The decision to not stop the festival immediately was made between the state and local security forces, as well as our security management. Mad Cool Festival complied with all the corresponding security measures that are mandatory for the audience, artists and workers at festivals and was prepared for all eventualities. In this situation it was officially deemed unsafe to have a large mass of people moving all at once, with the possibility of violent reactions, due to a sudden cancelation of an event of 45,000 people. The safety and security of the fans at the festival was of the highest order and it was not compromised.

Throughout the night and since the tragedy, we worked together in a coordinated way with the healthcare professionals present at the event, as well as the emergency services of the city council and security team. A psychological unit was made available to the family

We believe music and culture are a life celebration and the festival pays tribute to all the artists that work everyday showcasing their talent in front of admiring and appreciative audiences.

Mad Cool would officially like to thank the audience for their kindness and support, the security forces and emergency services who worked so hard to keep everyone safe and we offer our gratitude and affection to all at this hard time.

six07press.com

The Afghan Whigs to tour North America this fall

posted Jun 20, 2017, 1:51 PM by Vu Nguyen

The Afghan Whigs will tour North America this fall behind their stunning new album In Spades (out now on Sub Pop). The 28-city tour will begin on September 6 at The Social in Orlando, FL before taking them through Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, and many more, including several cities they haven't played in years, like Richmond, Birmingham, Kansas City and Houston. Har Mar Superstar will support on all dates. Tickets are on sale now, and the full list of dates can be found below.

In Spades, the follow-up to the widely-acclaimed Do The Beast (2014, Sub Pop), has been met with rave reviews from all corners. Pitchfork called it "as expansive and substantial as a double-album statement;" UNCUT praised it as "a thrilling, impassioned addition to their catalogue;" The Guardian raved that the band had "ingenuity in spades;" and MOJO deemed the band "back to their dark, soulful best."

Led by singles "Demon In Profile," "Oriole," and "Arabian Heights," the album was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree, and was written and produced by frontman Greg Dulli.

Following a sold-out show at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, the band is currently on a 17-country European tour in support of the album, featuring support from Ed Harcourt at each show. European dates can be found on the band's website.

The Afghan Whigs' upcoming tour dates:

9/6 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
9/7 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
9/8 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
9/9 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
9/11 - Richmond, VA - The National *
9/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
9/14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
9/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
9/18 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount *
9/19 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
9/21 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave *
9/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
9/23 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
9/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
9/26 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews *
Sep. 28 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's *
Sep. 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit IN *
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn *
Oct. 12 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up *
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre *
Oct. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Oct. 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox *
Oct. 20 - Salt Lake, UT - Urban Lounge *
Oct. 21 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
Oct. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
Oct. 24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
Oct. 25 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
Oct. 26 - Houston, TX - Heights Theater *

10/27 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music + Arts Festival

* - w/Har Mar Superstar

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The Shins Announce Winner Of #Shinsvancontest

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:29 AM by Vu Nguyen

After fierce competition and careful deliberation over the last several weeks, The Shins have chosen Michigan-based trio Mertle as the lucky winners of their first-ever van! Mertle’s cover of “Painting A Hole” beat out hundreds of submissions to win the grand prize. Watch their excitement as James Mercer pays them a surprise visit at their home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to personally deliver the newly refurbished 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon.

Mertle will join The Shins for a very special performance at their July 27 concert at Grand Rapid’s Meijer Gardens Amphitheater.
 
Earlier this spring, The Shins appeared with the van on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, even taking Colbert for a ride in ‘Big Red’ through Times Square. Watch the band perform “Name for You” outside the Ed Sullivan Theater.
 
The Shins are currently on tour through the fall, with dates across North America and Europe in addition to festival stops at Bunbury, Firefly, Lollapalooza, Osheaga and many more. See below for full tour schedule.
 
The Shins’ fifth album Heartworms is available everywhere now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.

The Shins On Tour:
6/2       Cincinnati, OH                        Bunbury Music Festival
6/3       Memphis, TN                          Minglewood Hall
6/4       Houston, TX                            Free Press Summer Festival
6/10     Anchorage, AK                       Moose’s Tooth Pub (Outdoors)
6/15     Brooklyn, NY                          Prospect Park
6/16     Portland, ME                           Thompson’s Point
6/17     Cooperstown, NY                   Brewery Ommegang
6/18     Dover, DE                               Firefly Music Festival
6/21     Troutdale, OR                         Edgefield
6/22     Ogden, UT                             Ogden Amphitheatre
6/23     Las Vegas, NV                       The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
6/25     Pasadena, CA                        Arroyo Seco
7/6       Winnipeg, MB                         Winnipeg Folk Fest
7/7       Minneapolis, MN                     Basilica Block Party
7/8       Des Moines, IA                       80/35 Music Festival
7/9       Milwaukee, WI                        Summerfest
7/11     Niagara Falls, NY                    Rapid Theatre
7/12     Ottawa, ON                             Ottawa Blues Fest
7/27     Grand Rapids, MI                   Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/28     Oro-Medonte, ON                   Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
7/29     Cleveland, OH                        Agora Theatre
7/30     Burlington, VT                         Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
8/1       Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE (Indoor)
8/2       Boston, MA                             House of Blues
8/4-6    Chicago, IL                              Lollapalooza
8/4-6    Montreal, QC                          Osheaga
8/10     Gothenburg, SE                      Way Out West
8/11     Oslo, NO                                 Oya Festival
8/13     Copenhagen, DK                    Vega
8/14     Hamburg, DE                          Grosse Freiheit
8/15     Berlin, DE                                Huxley’s
8/16     Cologne, DE                           Live Music Hall
8/17     Brecon, UK                             Green Man Festival
8/18     Kiewit-Hasselt, BE                  Pukkelpop
8/19     Biddinghuizen, NL                   Lowlands Festival
8/20     Wales, UK                               Green Man Festival
8/22     Manchester, UK                      Academy
8/23     Nottingham, UK                      Rock City
8/25     Boulogne-Billancourt, FR        Rock En Seine
8/27     Turin, IT                            
       Todays Festival
9/26     Bend, OR                                The Athletic Club of Bend
9/30     Berkeley, CA                          Greek Theater
10/1     San Diego, CA                        Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
10/3     Phoenix, AZ                            Comerica Theater
10/5     Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheater
11/19   Ciudad de Mexico, MX           Corona Capital
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Ice Cube Drops “Only One Me” + Album Pre-Order For Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:08 AM by Vu Nguyen

Interscope Records is pleased to announce the recent signing of West Coast rap icon, Ice Cube. Known to be one of the most important figures in rap history, Ice Cube began his career with the Notorious West Coast Gangsta Rap Group N.W.A over two decades ago.  At the height of the group’s success, Ice Cube broke away to start his own solo career. With over 10 million albums sold to date, Cube joins the label after several years of releasing music independently on his own Lench Mob Records which includes his Gold Certified 2006 opus “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” the highest selling independent hip hop release of the year.
 
“We are thrilled to announce that Ice Cube has joined the Interscope family.  He’s obviously one of the legendary figures in hip-hop…that’s a massive statement on its own, but he’s so much more than that.  Cube has an incredible body of work, and as a fan I’m honored to welcome him to the label,” states John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M.
 
The first project under the deal will be a 25th Anniversary edition of Ice Cube’s highly controversial second album. Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition will release on June 9th.The re-release will feature three new songs, “Only One Me,” “Dominate The Weak,” and the sinister lead single, “Good Cop, Bad Cop.” Originally released on October 29, 1991 and produced by OG Cube cohorts, Sir Jinx, and the Boogiemen (DJ Pooh, Bobcat, and Rashad Coes), the incendiary LP, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and sold over five million copies worldwide, takes a potent look at life in South Central through the eyes of one of reality rap’s greatest and grittiest storytellers. 
 
Recorded in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991, Cube artfully contextualizes the harsh material he delivers on Death Certificate, declaring a “state of emergency” and breaking down the original 20-track opus into two parts. “The Death Side,” he says firmly, is “a mirror image of where we are today” while “The Life Side” represents “a vision of where we need to go.” The album’s revolutionary tone is established with the opening rager, “The Wrong Ni*** To F*** Wit.” The new material brings equal amounts of fire to the already stellar collection.
 
Rapidly traversing from guns (“Man’s Best Friend”) to gangs (“Colorblind”), Ice Cube leaves no stone unturned, attacking hot-button issues affecting the Black community with the ferocity of a lion. “Black Korea” addresses tensions in the ’hood after the shooting death of an African-American girl by a Korean grocer; “A Bird in the Hand” laments the lack of gainful employment opportunities for young Black males; “Look Who’s Burnin’” is upfront about the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases among Black youth.
 
Nevertheless, activist and scholar Angela Davis took the artist to task for his overtly sexist imagery on the songs “Givin’ Up the Nappy Dugout” and “Horny Lil’ Devil.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, publicly denounced Death Certificate, calling the album anti-Semitic for comments on the now infamous diss track, “No Vaseline.” The state of Oregon even went as far as making it illegal for local retailers to promote Ice Cube in any way, shape or form.
 
James Bernard, then-editor of hip-hop magazine, The Source, clapped back at the album’s more mainstream critics with an official statement that said they were “too dainty and thin-skinned to hear the anger, rage and frustration that many people are forced to deal with every day.” In a review of the album for Entertainment Weekly, Bernard wrote, “I’m not arrogant enough to wag my finger at someone for stridency or incorrect language when many of his friends are dead and many of the rest are either in prison or standing on the corner surrounded by burned-out buildings and dying dreams.”
 
Despite all the surrounding controversy, Death Certificate was heralded a musical masterpiece and Ice Cube ultimately received the accolades he deserved for his incisive and revelatory socio-political commentary. Twenty-five years later, Cube maintains the album’s relevance. “Sadly, our community is dealing with many of the same issues,” he says. “I only hope that young millennials feeling powerless in the ’hood can channel their own anger and frustration by listening to this record.”
 
Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition will be available for pre-order on June 2nd. The bombastic new song, “Only One Me,” will be made available for early download as an instant grat track.
 

Tracklisting
 
The Death Side
1. Only One Me
2. Good Cop, Bad Cop
3. Dominate The Weak
4. The Funeral
5. The Wrong N**** To F*** Wit
6. My Summer Vacation
7. Steady Mobbin’
8. Robin Lench
9. Givin’ Up The Nappy Dug Out
10. Look Who’s Burnin’
11. A Bird In The Hand
12. Man’s Best Friend
13. Alive On Arrival
14. Death
 
The Life Side
15. The Birth
16. I Wanna Kill Sam
17. Horny Lil’ Devil
18. Black Korea
19. True To The Game
20. Color Blind
21. Doing Dumb Sh**
22. Us
23. No Vaseline

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